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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in May 2008

Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?

5/30/2008
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.

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Like It Or Not, You're An Internet Exhibitionist

5/29/2008
Emily Gould is an attractive young woman who's an Internet exhibitionist. She writes in the New York Times Magazine about her experiences as the co-editor of the gossip blog Gawker, where she shared intimate details of her romantic life and posted scantily clad pictures of herself. You might simply look at Emily as a freak. But if you use Facebook, or Twitter, or keep a personal blog, or are active on any other social media, then you and Gould are two of a kind -- the only difference is w

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UK Theme Park Bans SmartPhones. Everybody Panic!

5/27/2008
Whenever I get in a discussion of the convenience of mobile devices, I run into some old fart who gets his knickers in a twist about how he doesn't carry one of them newfangled barkberries, he's too important to be at the beck and call of an electronic ball-and-chain. When confronted with one of these pundits, I like to inform him about an exciting new feature on my cutting-edge smartphone that helps protect my privacy. It's called an "off button."

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Chipotle Uses Social Media To Combat Hepatitis Scare

5/19/2008
When my neighborhood Chipotle restaurant, where my wife and I had been eating every week for years, was linked to a hepatitis outbreak, the company turned to social networks as a part of a campaign to rehabilitate its reputation. I ended up respecting the fast-food chain for its conscientious business practices and innovative use of social media for marketing and public relations. But, unfortunately, that didn't make me want to return to Chipotle.

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One-On-One With The Founders Of FriendFeed

5/16/2008
The four co-founders of FriendFeed have the best resumés on the Internet. They were the original engineers who developed Gmail and Google Maps, the applications that launched the whole Web 2.0 craze (yes, it's all their fault). Now they're starting over with a Web application called FriendFeed, designed to let users aggregate all their social networking activity -- their blogs, Flickr accounts, Post a Comment

JS-Kit Provides An Instant Community Platform - Just Add People

5/15/2008
JS-Kit provides a set of software tools and services to allow Web site publishers to add comments, ratings, and other community technology to sites, just by copying a couple of lines of JavaScript into the site's HTML templates. JS-Kit is potentially a good solution for companies of any size that need a cheap and easy way to add community features, without getting involved in a hairy IT project. JS-Kit can be deployed by anybody who knows HTML and can modify a site's pages. It doesn't require IT

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In Emergencies, People Turn To Web 2.0, Not Traditional News

5/1/2008
When danger is at their door, people turn to social media sites, blogs, and instant messages, rather than the mainstream news media, for necessary information. Twitter and Google mashups in particular prove far more useful than traditional government channels, according to a report prepared at the University of Colorado. I learned that the hard way myself last year.

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